“We had a visit from the city of San Jose Environmental Services Department who said that the car washes at Hoover [Middle School] are in violation of water discharge laws, therefore we had to cancel this and all future car washes,” said an email that was sent out to neighborhood email lists on Oct. 18.And these city workers are able to harass cheerleaders while San Jose is struggling with its budget. If you ask me, the city hasn't cut its budget enough.
“Anything that is not storm water or rain water is considered a pollutant,” said Jennie Loft, acting communications manager for San Jose’s Environmental Services Department. “If it goes into a storm drain, that pollutant will harm wildlife and habitats in the creeks. Water goes directly from the storm drains into our creeks.”
In his 2013-14 budget message, Mayor Chuck Reed wrote that while the city has managed to avoid service cuts for the second year in a row, San Jose needs “tens of millions of dollars more in annual funding” to restore services to pre-recession levels and needs to continue city worker pension reform.